We decided recently to turn our attention to a few of the spookier slots doing the rounds, in celebration of Halloween and all-things creepy. As is the case with every genre, some of the spooky slots doing the rounds are nothing short of epic, while others are nothing more than generic knock-offs trying to cash in on the time of year.
A seriously good Halloween-themed slot can be just the thing for banishing the winter blues. Which is why we’ll be taking a look at two top-name slots today, giving each a full dissection to assess what’s what. So if you’re out to find the best Halloween slots for the spooky season, you’ve come to the right place!
First up, it really doesn’t take a genius to figure out what exactly the theme is with this NextGen Gaming release. Concocted in tandem with the folks from Side City Studios, Charms and Witches serves up five reels, 25 paylines in play at all times and total compatibility across most mobile devices. It’s also suitable for the highest of high rollers – wagers starting from as little as 25p and going all the way up to an eye-watering £625 per spin. If you’re feeling both flush and lucky, we’re off to a good start with Charms and Witches!
Given the partnership of big names responsible for it, it’s hardly surprising that Charms and Witches looks great. It really does – the visuals are crisp, the overall presentation is alluring and it all runs like a dream. You’re invited to join the action at the entrance to a creepy cemetery, where the well-produced soundtrack only adds to the air of all-things sinister.
As for those symbols, you’re presented with a variety of creepy bits and pieces, including black shoes, wizard hats, frogs, crows, rats and an unusually gorgeous witch. There’s a golden door knocker that serves as the wild symbol and can be used in place of anything except the pick-me and scatters symbols. As a bonus, any win you hit that features a wild will be doubled. In addition, five wilds in a row on any payline will land you 3,000X your wager. If you put £600+ on the line, this adds up to…a lot!
There are three bonus features that spice up the action at Charms and Witches. Kicking off with the pick-me bonus feature, you’ll need to hit the potion symbol on the second, third and fourth reels at the same time. Just pick the symbol of your choosing and win a prize accordingly, or uncover the ‘Win All’ reward to take home all of them.
Then there’s the Spook Bat Bonus, which happens on a random basis every now and again. Bats will begin flying over the screen and turning symbols wild as they go, with the potential to add up to big wins. This can happen during normal play and during the Free Games feature.
Speaking of which, the Free Games feature kicks in when you hit three or more bat scatter symbols in any positons. This will reward you with 10 free spins, during which time every win is increased with a 2X multiplier. The free spins can also be retriggered, so there are actually 20 to play for – all wins being doubled.
While it’s all a pretty simple story at Charms and Witches in terms of gameplay, the trio of bonus features makes it more than worth a few spins. It looks absolutely great and there’s the chance of taking home huge sums of cash for the lucky few. Even if you don’t win a penny, it’s a wonderfully spooky little slot that guarantees good times all-round.
Alaxe in Zombieland
You can pretty much rest assured that the one word you couldn’t use to describe Alaxe in Zombieland is ‘cute’. That is, unless you have a rather unique take on what constitutes cute, but we’ll say no more about that! Anyway, Genesis Gaming’s Alaxe in Zombieland is a deeply horror-themed slot with five reels and 25 paylines, which are in-play at all times. You can bet from 25p with each spin and the maximum is capped at £50.
It’s a seriously sinister take on what you might expect from the usual ‘Wonderland’ setting, with creepy-looking symbols by the barrel-full. Scatters and wilds are in no such supply, but what Alaxe in Zombieland really stands out for is its contingency of three tasty bonus features.
First of all, there’s the Red Queens Adventure Feature, which is triggered by landing at least three key symbols on the second, third and fourth reels. You’ll see five white roses on five graves, of which you’ll have the opportunity to turn three of them red. You’ll need to beat your score with each reveal and make your way as far across the graveyard as possible, after which you’ll be able to choose a reward from behind one of six doors.
Then there’s the Tea Party Free Spins bonus, which you’ll enter after landing three clock scatters on the first, second and third reels. 14 teapots will appear before you and you’ll be able to choose a selection of them, which include multiplies, free spins and combos of the two.
Last of the three comes the Gravestones bonus feature, which requires three potion symbols on the third, fourth and fifth reels to activate. Simply chop your chosen gravestones in half to reveal the prize you’ll be awarded, until you hit the ‘collect’ gravestone and the feature ends.
Putting all the pieces together, Alaxe in Zombieland is a medium-volatility slot that’s worth checking out – both for its creepy theme and the three bonus features on offer. It might not have the most impressive graphics around, but to be honest it doesn’t really need them either. If spooky slots are your thing, Alaxe in Zombieland serves up more than enough to keep you busy for a good while at least.